The Ministère des Affaires intergouvernementale, which was in charge of the Government of Québec’s international relations, was created on April 14, 1967. The Legislative Assembly of Québec unanimously passed an act creating this new department. The act clarified the role played up until then by the Ministère des Affaires fédérales-provinciales (Department of Federal-Provincial Affairs) and expanded it to include Québec's international relations.

The year 1967 also marked the creation by the Government of Québec of a structure to ensure more coherent, better coordinated international efforts. However, Québec took its first steps outside its borders well before then. Hector Fabre (in French only), Québec’s first foreign representative was appointed Agent General in Paris in 1882. He was one of the precursors of Québec diplomacy on the international scene. Nearly 60 years later, in 1940, the first permanent office abroad, the Québec Government Office in New York, opened its doors, while the Maison du Québec à Paris, now the Québec Government Office in Paris, was inaugurated by the Premier of Québec, Jean Lesage, in 1961.

The creation of a department responsible for international relations gave a decisive boost to the development of Québec's international relations and its network of foreign offices, which is more far-reaching than most other federated states around the world.

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